LinkedIn Vs. Monster

By Elizabeth Mott

Both LinkedIn and center their services around professions and jobs, and both enable you to look for employment. Despite these basic similarities, and the fact that professional recruiters use both to search for candidates who may not be looking for employment, the two websites focus on distinctly different services. In fact, you may join LinkedIn to build lasting relationships, and use only to look for or publicize job openings.

Connections Vs. Listings

LinkedIn provides a professional variant on social networking, in which you post a profile that details your experience, education and skills, and make connections with people you know through shared workplaces, projects, schooling or social ties. By comparison, provides a venue through which employers post listings of their open positions and job seekers reply in search of employment. Although also provides some advice services, including paid access to resume writers, it primarily serves as a job board. You can post a resume on so employers can see it, or provide your CV only in response to a job for which you want to apply.

Help Wanted

LinkedIn enables employers to place job-listing ads, but these listings form a secondary part of the function of the site. Job seekers respond to these postings through their LinkedIn accounts, which automatically provides a prospective employer with the professional and educational information from the respondent's profile. Replying to one of these ads on LinkedIn enables you to see when the hiring company viewed your information. Although responding to a job listing results in an email message confirming your application, you may receive no further acknowledgement of your interest unless the hiring company contacts you with a follow-up inquiry.

Account Types

LinkedIn's basic account type is free. To access increased numbers of people-search results, perform enhanced job searches, view more in-depth information from the profiles of people to whom you have no current connection and receive featured prominence when employers look for job candidates, you must upgrade your account to one of the service's multiple paid levels. On, you can search and reply to job listings without creating an account, but posting and paying for job listings requires signing up and providing financial details.

Groups Vs. Forums

LinkedIn's groups provide venues through which you can share professional and educational affinities. For example, you'll find groups for practitioners with specific job titles and users of specific software products. Any user can start a group as well as join as many as she wishes. Some groups require their leaders' approval of your request to gain membership, whereas others welcome anyone who signs up. offers anonymous discussion forums for topics related to employment, but its focus on providing a job board rather than a community makes for minimal socially interactive features.